Tortellini is a traditional Italian-baked dish. It is made with flour, eggs, salt and pepper and is usually served with marinara sauce. The traditional ingredients for tortellini are egg and cheese. Today, everyone eats tortellini at restaurants and homes all over the world.
If you are the kind of chef that likes to cook stuff in advance to save time for the next meal, you might want to learn how to properly reheat tortellini. You are in luck, as we’ve found the best reheating methods that you can possibly use to make your tortellini taste great again for a second, or even third, time.
Reheat your tortellini in the microwave
By using the microwave, you can have your second meal of tortellini ready within just a couple of minutes.
Follow these steps to reheat tortellini in the microwave:
- Place your tortellini inside a microwave-proof bowl.
- Add a splash of water on top of the tortellini before starting the heating.
- Heat your tortellini for about a minute on medium heat.
- Stir the bowl, and keep reheating in increments of 15-30 seconds until it’s warm enough to eat.
Pros of using the microwave
By using the microwave, you can reheat tortellini within less than a few minutes. This is a lot faster than the other methods explained in this article.
Cons of using the microwave
If you do not add a splash of water on top of the tortellini before you start the microwave, the pasta could dry out quickly.
Using a skillet to reheat tortellini
If you do not care about some extra dishes, one of the best strategies to reheat your leftover tortellini is by using a skillet. This method adds a few calories, but it’s well worth the taste.
Reheat tortellini using your skillet like so:
- Heat up your skillet to a medium-high heat and add a bit of olive oil inside it.
- Add your leftover tortellini inside the skillet (evenly spread).
- When you see that your tortellini begins to brown a bit, stir it a little.
- Check every few minutes if they’re warm enough, as this highly depends on the portion size.
Pros of reheating in the skillet
Reheating your tortellini using a skillet will produce the best quality of reheated food out of all these methods.
Cons of reheating in the skillet
Your tortellini might burn if you stop paying attention for even a couple of seconds. Timing is key when using the skillet as a reheating method.
Reheating leftover tortellini in the oven
If you don’t have a microwave or stove, you could opt for choosing the oven to reheat your tortellini. This takes a lot of time though, so be prepared.
You can reheat your leftover tortellini in the oven, like so:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add your leftover tortellini into a baking dish that’s safe for in the oven, and add some aluminum foil on top.
- Leave your tortellini in the oven for about 20 minutes, but check it every few minutes after the halfway mark to make sure it doesn’t overcook.
- Optional: when the reheating is almost done, you can add some extra spices or shredded cheese on top of your meal.
- When the tortellini is warm enough, let it cool down for about 5 minutes before eating.
Pros of using the oven
The oven makes sure that tortellini is heated evenly, all the way through.
Cons of using the oven
As you might’ve seen, using the oven to reheat tortellini may take up to 25 minutes. This is more than 10x the time that it would take using a microwave, which is why not many people use an oven for this simple task.